I don't know about you, but for me, beginning is always easier than finishing! This blouse has taken me the past few months to complete, but I think it was worth the wait.
I got this crinkle mulberry silk chiffon from Fabricmart.com on a whim, it's made by Betsey Johnson. I got an amazing end of the line steal, but it's still for sale on Etsy and Vogue fabrics. I don't usually go for these floral prints, but the combination of the darker autumnal shades and the crinkle chiffon made this one pretty special.
I originally had an Archer in mind for this fabric, but when I considered all the details and yoke that would be involved, with my patience with slippery silk in mind, I reneged and settled for the aptly named Burdastyle 'Simple Blouse' pattern.
The sleeves looked a little wide and bell-y for me (I have a hate-hate relationship with bell sleeves), so, using my newly acquired pattern drafting skills, I drew a new sleeve. I was very happy with the fit, but botched up the placket so much come sewing time, that I now wear the sleeves rolled up. This, and other frustrations working with the chiffon, led me to put this project aside for a looong time.
Very late into this make I finally remembered an awesome trick I'd been meaning to try for a while: sewing silk with thin paper underneath - it really makes all the difference! I watched horrible slippery messes turn into submissive round hems right before my eyes! I know some folks use special tear-away paper, but for me, in absence of phonebook paper which would have been even better, the local Princetonian newspaper performed just fine, it ripped off well after sewing.
I hand sewed the front button band down and am still waiting to receive some very lovely mother of pearl baby pink buttons to attach. The post is taking its time, like I have on this one, so I suppose I can't complain!
In contrast, these wintery treats were done in two nights - who said sewing was faster than knitting?